70 – David Manne

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In a week of Sonia Kruger and Pauline Hanson nonsense, let’s talk to someone who’s actually doing something GOOD for immigrants and refugees and people of colour.

David Manne is a human rights lawyer and the Executive Director of Refugee Legal (formerly the Refugee Immigration Legal Centre or RILC). He’s passionate about helping people who ask our country for – and are deserving of – legal protection.

David gave me the lowdown on the Australian refugee crisis as he sees it: where we’re at, what laws we’re breaking, just how generous we are and what should (and can) happen next – an evacuation of people languishing in our offshore detention centres.

You can catch me at the Splendour In The Grass Comedy Club

Comedy Central’s Roast Battle @ JFL 2016

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Five facts to fight Sonia Kruger’s fear of Muslims by Jamila Rizvi

factcheckonenation.com.au

@david_manne

@RefugeeLegal

Human Rights with Philip Ruddock – The Wheeler Centre’s Fifth Estate Podcast

Cause of the Week: Refugee Legal (rilc.org.au)

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69 – Alain de Botton

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It’s episode 69 so let’s talk about LOVE.

Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton is in the country to promote his (brilliant) new book The Course of Love: an exploration of the confusing ideas romanticism serves up for us. He thinks love is a serious matter indeed and one worth examining closely, and in this chat we talk about its effects, its position in our hard-wiring and its many forms.

Also, in the wake of Brexit and Trump, Alain reflects on how emotional intelligence might better inform our public debate.

You can catch me at the Splendour In The Grass Comedy Club

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Article: “Classwashing” Australia’s racism problem won’t make it disappear by Ruby Hamad

@alaindebotton

alaindebotton.com

The Course of Love

Video: In Praise of Short-Term Love

Cause of the Week: The School of Life (schooloflife.comSydney, Melbourne)

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68 – Jeremy Sear

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How about that election, hey?!?!?!?!?!

As the votes continue to be counted and we all wait to see what happens next, half of the brilliant Something Wonky podcast Jeremy Sear joined me to discuss what it all means. He told me how he came to be a progressive person, negative gearing, tax cuts, Hanson, the plebiscite, humanising politicians and a whole new way of thinking about our electoral system. Good times!

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

You can catch me at the Splendour In The Grass Comedy Club

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

@jeremysear

@somethingwonky

somethingwonky.com

The ABC’s Election blog

Article: Pauline Hanson’s back, and the disaffection genie is well and truly out of the bottle by Katharine Murphy

Article: AEC Admit They’ve Lost Count And Will Have To Start Again by The Backburner

Cause of the Week: Refugee Legal (rilc.org.au)

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67 – Jason Ball

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I’m back! And the election is upon us! Before the big day, I sat down with Jason Ball, the Greens candidate for the seat of Higgins. Some polling suggests the Liberal Party’s primary vote has fallen sharply and the blue ribbon seat could change hands on Saturday, which would be, to put it mildly, fucking remarkable.

Here Jason explains why he thinks he could be in with a shot, what it’s like to be involved in such a campaign, how progressive Australia really is, homophobia in the AFL and in wider society, some of his run-ins with potential voters and whether he’d actually be ready to be an MP if he actually wins.

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

You can catch me at the Splendour In The Grass Comedy Club

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Stand Up 4 Orlando at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

jasonball.com.au

@greensjason

Article: The Battle for the Electorate of Higgins by Vice magazine

Article: Greens candidate Jason Ball hits back at homophobic graffiti

Please vote good and proper! Head to aec.gov.au for all the info about the election

Cause of the Week: beyondblue (beyondblue.org.au)

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66 – Sami Shah

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Sami Shah is a comedian who just so happens to be an ex-Muslim atheist “militant leftist”. Raised in conservative Karachi, Pakistan, and now living in Melbourne (after 5 years living in regional WA), Sami has appeared on QI and Australian Story and regularly performs stand-up all across the country.

Here Sami explains how a book made him a revolutionary and discusses Pakistani politics, the difficulties in criticising Islam and the failures of the refugee rights movement in Australia.

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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@samishah

Sami Shah on Facebook

Sami’s podcast Sami Says on iTunes 

Sami’s YouTube channel

Sami’s episode of QI

“Northern Exposure”, Sami’s Australian Story

How to fail at being brown by Sami Shah

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore Histories

Sami Shah’s second life as a comedian  

Article: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in turmoil amid toxic culture claims

Cause of the Week: Edhi Foundation (edhi.org)

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65 – Eva Orner

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Eva Orner is an Academy Award-winning documentarian who is exposing Australia’s shameful offshore detention regime with her new film Chasing Asylum. The documentary features never-before-seen footage from inside the camps on Nauru and Manus Island and brave whistleblowers speaking out about the horrific things they’ve witnessed.

I’ve seen it and (unsurprisingly) it made me cry and it made me even more furious.

Here Eva details her motivation to make work that speaks to power, torture, her frustrations with the refugee debate in Australia, the parallels between the persecution of Jews under Nazi Germany and Australia’s detention system today, government secrecy and what might just help change the conversation.

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

@evaorner

@chasingasylum

chasingasylum.com.au

Chasing Asylum screenings

Take Action

GetUp petition – Bring Them Here

It’s Okay To Compare Australia In 2016 With Nazi Germany, And Here’s Why by David Berger

Trailer for Taxi To The Dark Side

Cause of the Week: Go see “Chasing Asylum”!!! 

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64 – Edward Bourke

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Edward Bourke is a 15-year-old right-wing conservative who loves the monarchy, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump.

In fact, he loves Trump so much he’s launched The Trump Campaign to support the billionaire’s presidential bid and has been interviewed by Vice, Sunrise and news.com.au – and now me. In this lively discussion, Edward and I cover class, immigration, the importance of morals, Indigenous Australians and why he finds The Donald so appealing.

Despite all our disagreements, I really couldn’t help but find myself quite liking the guy. See what you reckon.

I’m at the Sydney Comedy Store this week

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

SBS’s The Feed’s video on Peter Dutton: The douche that keeps on giving

Outstanding claims – The Saturday Paper’s editorial

@edwardbourke

edwardbourke.com

thetrumpcampaign.com

remembermaggie.com

bourkecapital.com

Cause of the Week: Saving the Lion (savingthelion.org

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63 – Rebecca Shaw (Brocklesnitch)

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Rebecca Shaw is a writer, podcaster and twitterer extraordinaire. You may know her best as Brocklesnitch or have chuckled at her parody twitter account, @NoToFeminism (a book is on the way). She writes satire and opinion for SBS Comedy and Guardian Australia.

Bec makes me laugh a lot throughout this chat as we discuss the purpose of satire, queerphobia in country Queensland, feminism and the kind of feedback you can expect if you’re a woman who dares to express her opinion on the internet. Oh also bad tattoos.

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chasingasylum.com.au

The ABC’s Party Room podcast, The Guardian’s Australian Politics Live with Lenore Taylor & Katharine MurphySomething Wonky’s Wonk The Vote 

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

@brocklesnitch

@notofeminism

brocklesnitch.com

Bec’s Patreon

SBS Comedy’s The Backburner

Women Against Feminism

Bec on The Guardian

Bec’s podcast with Peter Taggart, Bring A Plate

Cause of the Week: Minus 18 (minus18.org.au), youreaccepted.com.au

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62 – First Dog On The Moon

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First Dog On The Moon is a dog and a Walkley award-winning cartoonist. His work has appeared in Crikey and now Guardian Australia and it is funny and silly and dog-based and sad and great.

Here Dog and I discuss the origins of his work, the importance of being a good political hater, the problems with empathy, his horrible lefty family, civil disobedience penguins, brussels sprouts and mountain chicken frogs.

The ABC’s Vote Compass  

My piece for Fairfax: Those Fighting Against Offshore Detention Don’t Need All The Answers 

The Pacific Solution’s brutal truth: we need it by Jonathan Holmes 

My piece for Guardian Australia: Stop the votes! A message from the Prime Minister of Canberra

LGBTIQ+ Issues in St Petersburg & Around The World (happening tonight!)

Me, Lehmo & Genevieve Morris at Sooki Lounge on May 12th

Ridiculous Laws: A Justice Connect event (Wednesday May 18th)

@firstdogonmoon

firstdogonthemoon.com.au

First Dog’s Walkley-award winning cartoon …then where will we be? 

We Have A Serious Problem by Douglas McGrath

Cause of the week: Oscar’s Law (oscarslaw.org)

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61 – Osman Faruqi

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Writer, engineer, former political candidate and now pollster Osman Faruqi has written for Guardian AustraliaJunkee and SBS and regularly tweets like a mofo. He’s the son of Mehreen Faruqi, the first female Muslim to be elected to any Australian parliament (for the Greens, no less) and has recently launched his own polling site, Metapoll, dubbed “the most reliable poll ever”.

Here Osman tells me how he and his mum first became engaged with politics, the dire state of climate politics in Australia today,the lack of diversity in the Greens and the ALMIGHTY POWER OF THE POLLS.

Room At MyPlace

The World Keeps Happening encore show at the Sydney Comedy Store

Me, Lehmo & Genevieve Morris at Sooki Lounge on May 12th

@oz_f

metapoll.com.au

Osman’s writingatGuardian Australia

Osman’s writingatmedium

Osman’s writingatoverland.org.au

Cause of the Week: The Refugee Advice & CaseworkService (racs.org.au)

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